[Israel.pm] Upgrading Perl on CentOS 5.7

Gabor Szabo gabor at szabgab.com
Wed Feb 1 09:49:41 PST 2012

On Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 7:22 PM, Assaf Gordon <gordon at cshl.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> Long ago there was a thread about "which perl version are you using in production".
> Up until yesterday I was content with 5.8.8 (because that's the stable package version on CentOS 5.7).
> Now I need to use a module that requires perl 5.10.
> If I'm upgrading, I might as well upgrade to 5.14.2.
> My question is:
> How safe is it to install it from source on CentOS 5.7 to "/usr/local" ?
> Or should I install it to a private directory (e.g. $HOME/localperl) - but that would require messing up with the $PATH variable everywhere...
> Has anyone had experience with upgrading perl on a stable CentOS system ?
> Feedback welcomed,
>  -Assaf.

I assume you plan to first test your code base with the new version of
perl and only then will you roll it out to a production machine,

In any case I would not touch the system perl but I'd install it in a
separate directory.
Either with perlbrew or manually.


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